Why Security Comes First in Healthcare Design

Josh Kelly, RCDD; Maria Gonzalez, CPP; Nick Tournis, PMP; Rooz Afzal, CTS, RCDD and Scott Anderson contributed to this article. During the initial planning stages for new healthcare projects, clients often come to us with design aspirations for beautiful, state-of-the-art hospitals with lobbies and patient rooms that closely resemble the appearance of four-star hotels. These design … Read more

Closing the Skill Gap in Mission Critical Education

Shaun Barnes, CNIDP, CDCDP, CTPM and Sherif Sabry, CDCDP contributed to this article. We recently published a blog post addressing the competition for talent within the ever-expanding Mission Critical industry. When writing the post, it became apparent that the lack of direct Mission Critical knowledge and training is what is fueling the competition for talent between clients … Read more

Addressing the Talent Tug of War Within the Mission Critical Market

Those who work in the Mission Critical industry are already aware of its tremendous year-over-year growth. The demand for cloud services is reaching an all-time high and it is estimated that global spending on data center systems will grow to $226 billion in 2022! Though this rapid growth shines light on an exciting future to come, … Read more

Hyperscale Data Centers

Why Technology Consultants Are Needed in Hyperscale Data Centers

Shaun Barnes CNIDP, CDCDP, CTPM and Tim Kuhlman PE, RCDD, CDT contributed to this article. Technology systems are the backbone of an entire hyperscale data center. They are not just the core network, but the telecom systems that support the building’s mechanical and electrical systems, the security systems that protect the facility, and the distributed antenna … Read more

When Are Consultants More Beneficial Than Full-Time Staff?

While some Owners choose to hire consultants, others prefer to rely on in-house teams to perform much of the technology design and project management for their building programs. Owners might have previously had negative experiences with consultants and may believe they can ensure quality and cost-effectiveness by hiring their own staff. All of this is understandable, … Read more

Streamline Hyperscale Data Center Construction by 3D Modeling Pre-terminated Cables

Nearly 100 percent of the fiber-optic cable we see in a data center consists of pre-terminated trunk assemblies. The data center, especially a hyperscale data center, is an ideal environment for this type of cable. We see cable trunk quantities in the 1,000s and fiber strands in the 100,000s. That is a lot of connectors to … Read more

How Data Center Security is Evolving Beyond Cameras and Card Readers

Justin King also contributed to this article. Over the past five years, Owners of hyperscale data centers have raised their security standards as they become more aware of the potential risks. Shockingly, multi-million-dollar facilities have been demolished two weeks after completion due to devices being found inside the walls. Security breaches can result in exposure of … Read more

How to Prevent Data Center DAS From Causing Costly Changes

Data center owners know the importance of in-building wireless systems. Emergency responder radio coverage systems (ERRCS) support two-way radios for security staff outside and inside the building. Cellular distributed antenna systems (DAS) enable technicians to use their cell phones in a data hall, a penthouse, or the mechanical spaces where they need to diagnose equipment. Often, … Read more

Indoor LED Walls in the Workplace of the Future

Prior to the pandemic, indoor LED walls were becoming increasingly common in corporate lobbies, boardrooms, and executive briefing and customer experience centers. The increase in pixel density has enabled a clearer, brighter picture that creates an immersive viewing experience for many applications. As an expensive feature of the physical office, LED walls may now seem like … Read more

Occupancy Measurement Enables Digital Workplace Management

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought strong demand for occupancy measurement systems — an emerging technology that, prior to the pandemic, seemed limited by privacy concerns. Privacy is a legitimate concern and one that calls for careful governance. Furthermore, as the concern may relate more to the perception of these systems, it calls for transparent communication and … Read more